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Northside Hospital Highlights It’s First-Ever Advanced Suturing And Robotic Symposium

Over 200 physicians attended the first Intensive Laparoscopic Suturing and Knot Tying and Laparoscopic and Robotic Hysterectomy Conference from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sponsored by Northside Hospital, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta, April 29-30, this event brought together leaders in the field of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery for in-depth laparoscopic instruction. A staggering 70% of Hysterectomies are performed through traditional laparotomy. The core goal of this meeting focused on decreasing the number of traditionally performed hysterectomies, ultimately expanding the growth of the minimally invasive surgical field.

Directed by Dr. Ceana Nezhat, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northside Hospital, this conference provided attendees with hands-on instruction and education, using the latest technology in instrumentation and robotics.

“This year’s conference is particularly important,” said Dr. Nezhat. “Advances in minimally invasive approaches in gynecology are rapidly bringing laparoscopic and robotic approaches closer to important and practical applications. In addition to the growth in minimally invasive approaches, related to gynecology, we are also seeing increased interest from the patient population to pursue this avenue of surgery and physicians seeking to turn the results of that interest to real-world uses.”

Northside Hospital featured the first use in Georgia of the EndoCAMeleon from Karl Storz during one of several live surgery telecasts and video sessions at the suturing event. Used in laparoscopic surgery, this revolutionary telescope, allows for multiple angles of view within the one scope. Instead of the physician having to change equipment (during surgery) in order to see different areas of the anatomy, the EndoCAMeleon allows the surgeon to change angles with just the twist of a knob, resulting in shorter surgery times and a more through evaluation of the entire abdomen and pelvis.

Additionally, a new remote presence robotic system, VisitOR1, enabled doctors at the conference to “be in two places at once,” allowing them to see, hear and talk to physicians in the operating room at the hospital via a secure Internet connection. The technology allows physicians to mentor or consult during surgery cases via access to web-based information and video feeds, as well as use laser pointers, file sharing and telestration, to make the interactive experience supersede traditional telemedicine.

“Northside Hospital is proud to sponsor this important training event, which will directly improve minimally invasive surgery for patients in 35 states and Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, represented by the attendees at the conference,” said Vicki Barnett, director of surgical services, Northside Hospital. “Northside is looking to make considerable advances in its GYN surgery program in the coming year and this conference was a perfect kick-off.”

Northside Hospital is the leader in women’s services and treats more cases of endometriosis , uterine myoma (fibroids) ,hysterectomy and pelvic reconstructive surgeries by operative laparoscopy and robotics than any other hospital in Georgia. The hospital next plans to host the world’s leading experts in endometriosis and GYN minimally invasive surgeons at the World Symposium on Endometriosis, March 24-26, 2011, in Atlanta. The goal of this international symposium will be to examine the foundations and discovery of endometriosis and discuss methods of treatment, including both medical and surgical alternatives.

“Endometriosis effects over 70-million women world wide,” says Symposium Chair Ceana Nezhat, MD. “The World Symposium on Endometriosis will serve as a keystone effort toward the diagnosis and treatment of this enigmatic disease.”

Primum non nocere– the very foundation of medical ethics, “First do no harm.” With the enigma of endometriosis this idea must be applied to both treatment and the decision not to treat.The mission of this course is to increase awareness, amongst doctors and patients, for early detection and proper treatment of endometriosis in order to improve the quality of life of those suffering, minimize adverse outcomes and reduce recurrence of disease.

For more information about the 2011 World Symposium on Endometriosis, visit www.endometriosisatlanta.com. For more information about gynecologic surgery at Northside Hospital, visit www.northside.com.

The Northside Hospital health care delivery system is a not-for-profit health care provider and has served north Metro Atlanta for 40 years. With more than 2,000 physicians and 6,000 employees, the hospital sees nearly 700,000 patient visits a year. Northside Hospital provide a full range of health care services, including women’s health, cancer care, emergency care, surgery, specialty medicine and a wide array of outpatient services at many locations. Northside Hospital offers high-quality health care at Northside Hospital-Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming

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Release Date: May 4, 2011
Media Contact: Katherine Watson